About BKP

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Bareknuckle Poet is an open access humanities journal publishing from the inner city suburb of West End in Brisbane, Australia. We operate using an Editorial Board Peer Review model. Articles appearing in the journal are reviewed by an internal board of editors, not solely by one editor. The author’s identity may be known or unknown to the reviewing editor. All editors are experts in associated humanities fields and/or hold postgraduate qualifications.

In uncertain times, when war machines rumble over ancient bones on even older battlefields, as the headlines shout WOLF like the boy (who eventually got it right) we awake with the birds and continue doing what we do. Like Rimbaud to his mother who asked “Will it lead anywhere, this…poetry?” We reply “I don’t know, regardless…it’s what I do.” That’s why Bareknuckle Poet publishes literature, if we need a reason.

  • Publishers of poetry, literary fiction, creative nonfiction, reviews, scholarly papers, grey literature and other art of interest to the editors.
  • Published by Bareknuckle Books, founded and edited by Brentley Frazer, widely published poet, PhD candidate (poetry/creative nonfiction/experimental literature) and former editor of the groundbreaking journal Retort Magazine (2001 – 2013 )
  • Special issues curated by guest editors.
  • Updates on a semi-regular itinerary.
  • Accepts submissions from new to advanced career writers. 
  • Archived by The National Library of Australia
  • Archived by AusLit, the definitive virtual research environment and information resource for Australian literary, print, and narrative culture.
  • Publishers of an annual print Anthology with new and selected work from the online journal (read about Volume 001 at The Australian)

“For those who protest that most of these thousands of journals can be dismissed as marginal—that we need pay attention to only a handful of “prestigious” ones, like Poetry and The New Yorker-—may I suggest that there could be a few Blakes or Dickinsons swimming with the guppies in that wide prosodic sea? If a truly titanic poet were to appear, wouldn’t one of the less visible but more adventuresome journals—-Retort Magazine, say (“we favor the cutting edge over the blunt of the handle, the avant-garde over backward walking”)—be more likely to be his or her publisher than would status-conscious professional journals like Ploughshares and American Poetry Review?”

– David Alpaugh, The New Math of Poetry, The Chronicle Review – The Chronicle of Higher Education Washington D.C, U.S.A Feb 21, 2010


Our Bareknuckle Poet visual logo, affectionately known as
‘Bareknuckle Arthur’ or ‘Roughed Up Rimbaud’ was commissioned
from and executed by our favourite comic book artist Julian Peters.

 Bareknuckle Poet ~ Journal of Letters ISSN 2204 – 0420
Published by Bareknuckle Books ABN 23 626 812 677